Yep I had an inflatable square fold mat. Such a space saverGerman Army sleeping mat
WHAT - Replaces standard roll mat.
WHY - Folds like a sniper mat, but better - fits perfectly under the top lid of a bergan, which is a massive space saver in exactly the right place.
WHERE - Link above although sold out - if you search for the term in the title, it gets sold in a lot of places. You want the German Army issued one as they are super cheap and the best design.
Sensible, I don't agree with the "what if it runs out!" objection. Then it runs out, and you use the issued stuff, but one canister lasts for weeks if used sparingly. Until then it saves a lot of time and you can pack it with your brew hit, so it's not a space hog. It's also insulated and deep which is one reason it heats faster than an open mess tin with lots of surface area. That said, the oldstyle combination of metal mug in the hexi burner slot was also pretty efficient. I'm not sure they still fit the new issued burners, and a lot of blokes got issued plastic mugs instead which are useless. The new burners are meant to be pretty good and a lot faster though, anyone still in review them?
Mega tip regarding colour.Exped Drybags
WHAT - Drybags, to organise your bergan and kept your kit dry
WHY - You'll need drybags for your kit pretty much from day one, as well as a canoe bag (big hardwearing one) as bergan liner. A lot of guys go for black or olive drybags. Result: they all look the same at night, you need a headtorch on, you label them in sniper tape, which comes off. These never leave your bergan while tactical, so they don't need to be cammed. The bright colours and varying size allow you to distinguish which one is which in the dark. e.g. mine were always Blue: spare clothes. Red: wet/used kit. Yellow: fresh socks/underwear. No light, more tactical, good drills. They are also decent value and lightweight, although (fair warning) they are not always totally waterproof if fully submerged. But for your bergan bags, that's rarely an issue as they are already in the canoe bag. Best all round compromise of weight, size, durability, waterproofing. Don't go for ultralight - they are crap, leak and there isn't enough weight difference.
WHERE - Amazon for the Exped brand. Others are a lot of heavy duty (like canoe bags) versions, which are good but too heavy, and super cheap Chinese copies, which I would avoid. Also avoid the cam pattern 'tactical' stuff, that's clickbait for cadets.
WHAT - Basic reel wheel from a fishing rod. Used to deploy / rewind comms cord in harbour areas. Add tiny lightweight carabiner to the end of the line. You want about 20m of line.
WHY - Will save you lots of time and frustration trying to wind string around a stick. Simply clip carabiner onto something (or wind cord around anchor and clip carabiner onto cord, then reel out the wire. When taking down, reverse. Example included is just for the picture, find a cheap lightweight version with a reel knob, with 20m of fishing line, then cut off the groove where it attaches to a fishing pole.
WHERE - Link is for one on Amazon, but search around.
Threads can always be edited if necessary. You'll need to tie different things off in different ways. The fishing reel quoted is for comms cord - every man carries it, but it's used basically as section kit to mark areas. So you need to be able to hand it off to someone.This thread is amazing and I’m not sure if putting comments in it will ruin the resource but wouldn’t a bungee be better to use to tie things as they have hooks or am I way off? Ps I’ve never been “in the field” and just trying to get my head round this. I’ve a feeling all this will be invaluable tips once you get to battalion.
Laughing at my total misreading of what you were asking about. Yep, some kind of leatherman style knife is standard, as above.